Guy Aldred was a mass of contradictions - from boy preacher to anarchist evangel, from anti-Parliamentarian to a near record number of lost deposits. The only constant was his sense of his own importance.
He wrote several autobiographies during his long life (he was born in Clerkenwell in 1886 and died in Glasgow in 1963). No Traitor's Gait was his final word - published in instalments, and running in all to hundreds of pages.
It's marvellous. Guy Aldred could write. He had a full and fascinating life, tilted at lots of windmills, and met a galaxy of really interesting figures. So I was delighted to pick up recently a bound copy of the first volume of these memoirs, complete with an inscription by the author.
And I think I've worked out who this was inscribed to - R.M. 'Dick' Fox was a contemporary of Aldred's and like him a socialist street orator in London. Both were jailed for their militant opposition to the First World War. Fox wrote a political memoir with the magnificent title of Smoky Crusade.
What's more. Fox ended his life in Dublin - and I bought this copy online from a Dublin bookseller. So nice to solve this puzzle.
If you are curious about Guy Aldred, I once made a radio programme about him. Here it is:
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